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Remove FlowSurf (Virus Removal Instructions) - Jul 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

FlowSurf – a rogue browser add-on that claims to allow jumping between web pages

FlowSurf adware
FlowSurf - adware that can be bundled together with freeware or shareware

FlowSurf is a suspicious browser extension[1] that claims to have beneficial features such as jumping from one page to another just with one click. The app claims that it provides easier and faster browsing, however, it is considered to belong to the adware category because of the advertising content it displays intrusively. This is also one of the main reasons why this adware also remains to FlowSurf virus. After infecting browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and similar, and altering their homepages, it begins pushing suspicious notifications and redirecting the user to affiliate networks.

Name FlowSurf
Type Adware
Sub-type PUP
Danger level Low. However, it can take you to potentially infectious pages that are filled with malware
Format The adware might come in a browser extension/add-on
Where found On browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari
Removal process For automatical removal, use Reimage. For manual instructions, take a look at the end of this article

FlowSurf is not an app you can trust. It uses deceptive techniques to reach the system and when it is here, do not wait for anything satisfying here. You might discover this potentially unwanted application in your browser settings in the extension section. As long as it is there, no browser modifications will be possible to eliminate.

Even though FlowSurf brings a bunch of unwanted activities, if you ever run into its official page, you will see a nice promotion of the tool. It is described in these words:

FLOWSURF allows to jump through pages with a single click, without having to scroll the entire page and click on the tiny next button.

Do not fall for this FlowSurf promotion as it is nothing compared to what you are going to experience next. The advertising program will make sure that its offers reach your desktop whenever you are browsing the Internet sphere. Later on, you will probably experience browser crashes due to the excessive number of ads received and the increasing CPU power.

Nevertheless, FlowSurf pop-up ads might carry misleading deals and offers. If you fall for them, you might spend money on completely useless products or services, for example, rogue security software.[2] So, be careful and do not get attracted to the ads while dealing with this adware. Also, you can try preventing the notification flow by completing the following:

  • Launch the infected web browser.
  • Locate the Menu (it will usually be three dots on the upper right corner of your browser windows).
  • Go to Settings and select Advanced.
  • Under Site Settings, you will find Notifications.
  • Locate FlowSurf and get rid of it from the list.

FlowSurf PUP
FlowSurf is an adware application that provides itself as a handy tool for jumping from one page to another

Additionally, FlowSurf redirects might also be a problem for you. Ad-supported applications are known for their redirecting abilities to other third-party networks some of which might include malicious objects. Be aware of this redirecting activity as you might land somewhere you do not want to be and get your system infected with even more severe malware.

You should remove FlowSurf from the computer to avoid all of these risks. The elimination process can be successfully carried out with the help of a tool such as Reimage. However, if you are looking for manual virus removal instructions, take a look at the end of this article and you will guidelines for your OS and all web browsers.

One more important reason to perform FlowSurf removal is that this application might collect browsing-related information that includes your IP address, email address, type of browser used, commonly visited websites, clicked hyperlinks, etc. Later on, this type of data is used for providing attractive-looking offers regarding the gathered results.

FlowSurf virus

Adware distribution sources are mostly bundles and third-party networks

Technology experts from NoVirus.uk[3] claim that adware applications and similar potentially unwanted content is delivered through software bundles which include freeware or shareware. These downloads are often performed in an unprotected mode, for example, “Quick” or “Recommended”. These settings allow additional content easily slip through security barriers and successfully reach the computer system.

A suggestion from our side would be to opt for “Custom” or “Advanced” configuration that allows the user to manage all incoming downloads manually. Another piece of advice would be to watch from what type of sources you are downloading your programs. Better opt for installations of software only from their original websites and original developers, otherwise, there is a big chance that you will end up with unwanted additional objects on your machine.

Continuously, adware and other PUPs can be promoted via third-party networks. Usually, such apps come injected into hyperlinks or advertising posts. Once the user enters such questionable content, he/she unknowingly proceeds with the downloading process of the potentially unwanted program. Keeping a proper distance from unknown sources on the web sphere should increase your machine's safety level.

Termination steps for FlowSurf adware on Mac OS X and Windows 

Having adware on your computer for a long time might relate to various browser and system problems. The potentially unwanted program might start causing system freezes and browser struggles due to the excessive amount of advertising content that is being produced and overusing the system's resources such as CPU and GPU. This is why you need to remove FlowSurf from the machine as soon as you detect it.

FlowSurf removal can be carried out in two ways: manual and automatical. If you are keen on removing the suspicious threat on your own, you should continue with the following instructions that allow you to clean web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer, Edge. However, if you are looking forward to putting less effort in the process, go ahead and choose a trustworthy computer security program that will do the job for you.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove FlowSurf, follow these steps:

Eliminate FlowSurf from Windows systems

The adware program and all processes that are related to it can be deleted from Windows with the help of these guiding lines:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall FlowSurf and related programs
    Here, look for FlowSurf or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete FlowSurf from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for FlowSurf or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase FlowSurf from Internet Explorer (IE)

If the adware application has hijacked Internet Explorer, manage all unwanted extensions by completing the following steps:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for FlowSurf and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete FlowSurf removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall FlowSurf from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, FlowSurf should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove FlowSurf from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Refresh Mozilla Firefox to eliminate all modifications that were performed by the ad-supported program. If you need some help, follow these instructions:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select FlowSurf and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete FlowSurf removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of FlowSurf from Google Chrome

Clean your Google Chrome web browser from unexpected changes and adware-related extensions/plug-ins with these helping steps:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select FlowSurf and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete FlowSurf removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate FlowSurf from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for FlowSurf or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete FlowSurf removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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